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James Mountain Road Closure May 23-24 Weekend Detours Routes 21/33/35 (Unconfirmed)

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This weekend, the James Mountain Road escarpment access (West 5th Street/James Street South) will be closed to accommodate ongoing construction as part of the West 5th Street project. The closure is required so crews can safely complete retaining wall work along the escarpment access.

The access will be closed on Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

As a result, routes 21 UPPER KENILWORTH, 33 SANATORIUM and 35 COLLEGE will be on detour during these times.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF HAMILTON HAS NOT RELEASED DETOUR INFORMATION FOR THIS CLOSURE. NO DETOUR INFORMATION HAS BEEN POSTED ON HAMILTON.CA, NOR HAS THE CITY RESPONDED TO EMAIL OR PHONE REQUESTS FOR THIS INFORMATION.

THE BELOW INFORMATION IS FROM THE PREVIOUS DETOUR FOR THE IDENTICAL CLOSURE.

The route detours are as follows below:

Construction Detours Routes 2/3/4/20 Downtown May 22-25

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Starting at 6:00 p.m. on May 22nd until 6:00 a.m. on May 25th, City staff will be coordinating work associated with roadway and sidewalk improvements at the Cannon Street at James Street North intersection. The extent of the work to be conducted will require the closure of the intersection to traffic for the identified time period.

Due to this closure, southbound buses operating on the 2 BARTON, 3 CANNON, 4 BAYFRONT and 20 A-LINE EXPRESS routes will be required to detour. Provided below are the routings to be utilized by buses for the affected routes.

Concession Construction Detours Routes 23/24/25 May 25th – September

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Effective Monday, March 2nd, 2015 and until December 2015, Concession Street from Upper Wellington Street to Upper Sherman Avenue will be under construction. This will result in closures of Concession Street during certain stages of the project. At various times, HSR routes will have to detour.

The initial works to be done beginning on March 2, 2015 will only have traffic impacts along Concession Street which will cause delays. Beginning April 7th, 2015 sections of Concession Street will begin to close. Below are the approximate dates and detours of the affected routes.

2015 Dundas Buskerfest Detours 5 DELAWARE June 5th – 7th

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The Town of Dundas is holding the Annual Dundas International Buskerfest Festival on Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 6:00pm until Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at 10:00pm. This festival will result in the total closure of King Street West in Dundas between Cross Street and John Street.

During this time route 5 DELAWARE (westbound 52 HEAD STREET DUNDAS / eastbound 5/5E DELAWARE) will be detoured.

Ancaster High School Triathlon – Temporary Detours May 22nd

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Due to the Ancaster High School “Dared to Tri” Triathlon on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 there will be several road closures in Ancaster from approximately 9am until 4pm.

During the events the following roads will be closed to all traffic for the duration of the triathlon:

  • Jerseyville Road from Highway #52 to Meadowbrook Drive
  • Meadowbrook Drive from Jerseyville Road to Motwick Drive
  • Martin Road from Jerseyville Road to Rotary Way

Hamilton Pan Am Shuttle Schedules Released

While the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games are still a few months away, the schedule for the game day shuttles have been revealed on Metrolinx’s new trip planner Triplinx.

The shuttle will run on a ten minute frequency departing the West Harbour GO Station. The shuttle will travel south on James Street making a stop at the Hamilton GO Centre before running as an express to the stadium via John Street South, Main Street East, Gage Avenue North and King Street East. Shuttles will let off passengers at the Scotts Park Loading Zone.

Return shuttles will travel along King Street, north on Bay Street, east on Strachan and then south on James Street North into the West Harbour GO Station.

James North GO to be named West Harbour GO Station

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James North GO is no more.

A small change on the Metrolinx and GO Transit websites appeared recently, and the change was officially confirmed today by a rep from Metrolinx. The new GO station being built in Hamilton will be known as the West Harbour GO Station when it opens to the public this June. The name is followed by the note “formerly James North GO” in brackets.

The station has been commonly referred to as the “James North GO Station” referring to the street on which the station is located. That name was never confirmed to be the final name and since the Hamilton GO Centre is located on Hunter Street and James South, that name could cause confusion.

West Harbour GO is more in line with the naming conventions of other GO stations, which are typically named after the neighbourhood or area in which they are located and not their street address.

Similarily the proposed GO station on Centennial Pkwy in east Hamilton will be named Confederation GO.

Source: GO Transit, Metrolinx

No Changes Recommended for 33 SANATORIUM

After reviewing the current route configuration of 33 SANATORIUM, staff are recommending that no changes be made to the route on Redfern Avenue.

The review came as a result of a petition to City Council where residents on the north side of Redfern Avenue and west side of Chedmac requested that the HSR change the routing of 33 SANATORIUM. The 37 signatories requested a routing change to eliminate all westbound bus traffic on Redfern Avenue.

Route 33 SANATORIUM was most recently modified in January 2014 which resulted in all buses operating in both directions. Previously some bus trips traveled to and from downtown via Refern and Chedmac, while other trips would travel via Sanatorium and Chedmac. The route changes created a streamlined and consistent routing for the bus in both directions.

Below is some information taken from the report, which will be presented to the Public Works Committee on Thursday, May 21st.

Brand New Articulated Buses Have Started to Arrive

While they won’t enter service until the fall, the brand new New Flyer Xcelsior buses have started to arrive at the Mountain Transit Centre. Just a handful of the new natural gas buses are on site, with eighteen in total due to arrive.

The buses, which will be numbered 1420 – 1437, are New Flyer XN60s.

While I don’t typically share a group of photos on the Hamilton Transit Blog, here are a selection of photos from the Mountain Transit Centre of the brand new buses courtesy of a few transit friends.

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2015 Victoria Day Fireworks – Dundas Driving Park

The Victoria Day Celebration and Fireworks is supported by the City of Hamilton and presented by The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 (rain date May 18th) at dusk. This is a free event but the Rotary club would appreciate cash donations at the gate to help finance the club’s local and international service work. Snacks, soft drinks and glow sticks are available for purchase before the fireworks begin.

The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and the City of Hamilton are pleased to present Victoria Day Fireworks at the Dundas Driving Park on Sunday May 17th. Live music and food trucks will be on site starting at 6pm. Fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, weather permitting (Rain date: Monday May 18th).

This is a free event, however donations to the Rotary Club are appreciated.

In 2014 the HSR added extra shuttle buses on the 52 HEAD STREET branch of 5 DELAWARE to handle extra capacity to and from the fireworks. While there are no special HSR event shuttles for these fireworks, and it has not been confirmed if extra buses will be added this year, please see below for bus times for the closest HSR bus stop to the event.